Juno and the Paycock

Juno and the Paycock, Yeatsian Intertextuality, and Materialism by Natalie Prizel Introduction Sean O’Casey was born in 1880 and came of age in the impoverished Dublin he portrays in his realist dramas. An activist in labor movements and the struggle for Irish independence, O’Casey played a prominent role in the Irish Citizen Army, a group… Continue Reading Juno and the Paycock

The Plough and the Stars

by Anthony Domestico In February 1926, Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars, a play that directly critiqued the Easter Rising of 1916, debuted at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.  The play depicted the co-opting of the Labour Movement by the Nationalists, criticizing the jettisoning of Socialist economic principles in favor of blind, impractical patriotism.… Continue Reading The Plough and the Stars

Sean O’Casey

Biography by Anthony Domestico Sean O’Casey (1880-1964) was one of Ireland’s most celebrated modern dramatists.  The internationally acclaimed productions of his plays, including Juno and the Peacock and The Plough and the Stars, helped launch the Abbey Theatre as a preeminent stage for world drama, and his realistic depiction of the struggles of Ireland for independence were… Continue Reading Sean O’Casey